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Avnet Announces August “100 Acts of Giving” Grant Recipients


Avnet announces fifteen more “100 Acts of Giving” grant recipients, celebrating employees’ volunteer efforts during its 100th anniversary year. As part of this campaign, Avnet will donate $1,000 (USD) to 100 eligible nonprofits/NGOs globally for a total of $100,000. These 100 nonprofits are identified from volunteer stories that Avnet employees share describing their efforts. Eligible nonprofits from these stories will be entered into drawings throughout Avnet’s centennial year.

The newest recipients of the 100 Acts of Giving $1,000 (USD) grant are listed below. Each of these nonprofits were chosen in an anonymous drawing after being submitted by Avnet employees who shared their stories.

Aktion-deutschland-hilft (helping the flood victims in Germany) - In honor of Avnet’s anniversary, one hundred MSC employees rode their bikes for a better future. “We used our bikes instead of cars and rode approximately 20.000 km (approx. 12,427 miles) in 3 weeks. We estimate that we saved 2710 kg Co2 (carbon dioxide)! We are proud of our colleagues and we chose to submit the charity to support the victims in the German flooding into the 100 Acts of Giving drawing,” said employee Anja Simon.  

Arizona Educational Foundation - The Arizona Educational Foundation believes amazing things happen in schools every day. The foundation’s mission is to celebrate excellence and cultivate equity in PreK-12th grade Arizona public education. They do this through a variety of programs for teachers, administrators, and students. Some of their programs shine a spotlight on excellence; others provide a steppingstone to help support schools and educators on the road to awesomeness.

Arizona Special Olympics – Avnet has a long history of supporting the Arizona Special Olympics. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Back to School Clothing Drive (BTSCD) – Avnet employee Ken Jacobson is a long-time board member and current Treasurer of BTSCD. BTSCD's mission is to provide new school outfits and uniforms, backpacks, and school supplies to children in need. With the help of volunteers, corporate sponsors, foundation grants, and donors, Back to School Clothing Drive allows students to focus on what’s truly important – getting an education.

Ballet Arizona – Ballet Arizona is an innovative and provocative professional ballet company that creates, performs, and teaches outstanding classical and contemporary ballet. The company is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classical dance while creating and commissioning new innovative works.

CeCe’s Hope Center – Avnet employee Rene Lopez has been the Chairman of the Board for CeCe’s Hope Center for three years.  This organization provides services and assistance to young women rescued from sex trafficking.  “Our services help provide immediate aid, stability, and then long-term goal setting and planning to plant seeds of Hope, and help these women find stability and happiness,” said Lopez.

DementiaUK – Employee Lee Fearnley personally supports this organization. He cycled more than 100 miles in a charity fundraiser in May. Dementia UK is a charity helping the sufferers of this horrible degenerative disease have quality care in their time of need. Dementia UK provide nursing staff to help with this and survive solely on donations and good will. “This challenge was my small way of raising some much-needed funds for their cause,” said Fearnley.

Epilepsy Research UK – Tracey Hall has organized a charity golf day for this epilepsy charity since 2003 on behalf of Farnell.  “This started when our CEO at the time lost his 21-year-old son to SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy).  Since 2003 we have raised almost £175,000," said Hall.

Hospice of the Valley – “When the pandemic hit and we were completely isolated, I cleaned out my closets and went to  White Dove Thrift Shoppe,” explained employee Claudia Hernandez. “They were opening a new location and desperately needed volunteers.  I applied to volunteer and every time I went it filled the gap of getting some interaction while helping a good cause.  Ultimately, the great thing is that the profits from the Dove all go to Hospice of the Valley, who helps with end of life care for anyone.  They don’t turn anyone away regardless of race, color, income, etc... the reality of life is, we are all going to die and the value that they bring to those that need help to transition to whatever is next, is something that I believe is important and necessary.”  

Midwest Food Bank in Phoenix  – Midwest Food Bank serves nonprofit organizations such as food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, churches and others helping in their communities.. Employee Patty Van West collects food and hygrine products every other week for the Midwest Food Bank so they can be distributed to families every Saturday

Restore Addiction Recovery – Employee Paul Starr submitted this nonprofit which is designed to directly address Ohio's place as one of the top ten states impacted by drug overdose deaths.  The 12-month program is completely free of charge and provides not only time for the body and brain to begin to heal, but time to develop and apply new thinking and behavior patterns necessary for a successful sober life. Their focus and effort will be placed on life after treatment, which includes a well-paying job, safe housing, living in community, and a strong support system for long-term accountability. They want to restore men and families back to a meaningful life, free from addiction, and filled with new purpose.

Steps and Strides Equestrian Service  – This nonprofit, submitted by Chris Seals, offers therapeutic riding lessons to children and adults serving clients with a wide variety of disabilities.  “Although now retired for medical reasons we have a horse that was part of the program for several years and still lives at the farm.  Both my wife and I serve as volunteers in the program primarily as walking assistants during a lesson, but we also offer our time to help around the farm wherever we can,” said Seals.  

Treasures 4 Teachers – A long-time favorite of Avnet employees for volunteering and donations, Treasures 4 Teachers is a resource and supply store serving the educators of Arizona. This means that anyone who works closely with students can have access to a wide selection of materials, resources and training that will enhance and expand the learning process.

Veterans Heritage Project – The mission of the Veterans Heritage Project is to connect students with Veterans in order to honor veterans, preserve America’s heritage, and develop future leaders. Helping to bridge the gap between civilian and military life, they strive to develop students' character and civic responsibility, while recognizing veterans' legacy of service. The employee who submitted this nonprofit helped to start a chapter in a local school. ​​​​​​​

Waukesha Food Pantry – This nonprofit was submitted by employee Paul Lapinski. “The Wisconsin Branch has held a customer appreciation day (golf outing) every July for many years until 2020 when COIVD19 hit.  Up until then, the event had the dual purpose of thanking our customers for their business but also to raise money for the Waukesha Food Pantry.  We hope to partner with the Food Pantry again in 2022,” Lapinski said.


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